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Over the years, The Simpsons has shown an amazing knack for staying on the air and for serving up the best marathons known to TV, but the animated comedy is also quite popular for the prescience of its past episodes. Many real-world events have been predicted in part by The Simpsons, from the blackboard gags to flash-forward sequences, and it happened again this weekend during the biggest TV event of the year: The Super Bowl. Lady Gaga performed the high-flying halftime show, which looked slightly similar to how it went down on The Simpsons back in Season 23. Check it out!
Now, nobody should expect a short sequence on a primetime animated show to match up exactly to the Super Bowl halftime show, which can sometimes take upwards of 20 minutes to a full half hour. So there are definitely differences here, as Sunday night's performance inside and on top of NRG Stadium did not once feature Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of living creatures. (Was it really even on top of NRG Stadium, though?)
Still though, that bird dress looked vaguely like what Lady Gaga was wearing when she first started the show, and both of the performances featured costume changes. (That was probably the safest guess to make here, but it still counts.) The biggest comparison, of course, is that Lady Gaga is flying around on a wire on The Simpsons' "Lady Gone Gaga," which was probably the most memorable aspect of her legit Super Bowl show. I especially loved seeing the entertainer continuing to sing as she flipped around in mid-air, and The Simpsons' scene even had a quick flip going for it. Perfecto!
It can't be proven, but I'm pretty sure there was at least one person watching the game live on Sunday night who looked like Grandpa and got Lady Gaga's name wrong. But there probably weren't any calculators being used, so Frink's moment may exist completely in the fictional realm.
No stranger to how popular the show has become for forecasting different areas of pop culture, politics, sports and even Nobel Prize winners, one college professor recently gave his explanation for why The Simpsons manages to get so many things right. But he didn't tell us if this all means that the entirety of Futurama is going to happen to Earth without question. I'm just hoping for some Slurm.
The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox, and it'll keep to more regular times now that the NFL has gone into hibernation for the spring and summer. While we wait to see what the show's predictions reveal next, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what's heading to the small screen in the near future.